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Habits Children Are Taught That May Not Be So Healthy

April 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 161

Childhood is a developmental stage wherein there are lots of changes that occur physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. Part of this development is to keep your child's health in order to help them achieve a more holistic upbringing. While keeping your kids healthy may sound like an easy thing to do, unfortunately it is not. Promoting a healthy lifestyle to your children may be one the toughest things you have to go through as a parent. Healthier lifestyles can be achieved if we have the right set of healthy eating habits. However, there are eating habits that we teach our children because we have an unfounded belief that they really are healthy. Some of them are listed below.

1. Finish the food on your plate.

While the intention is good, this known phrase is not really a good way of promoting healthy eating for your children. Having this attitude will only make meal times nerve-racking for your little ones as well as for yourself. Try to be more flexible, and maybe if they then eat some smaller amounts of all the varieties on their plate that would be better than causing them stress and they would be having some nourishment. It would then be up to you if they have a smaller dessert. A further reason why this is unhealthy is because your children will be eating their food even if they are already full. This will encourage them to store more unnecessary calories, but most of all it builds up resentment to the particular food which they may retain through the rest of their life.

2. If you don't finish the food on your plate, you are not entitled to dessert.

With this type of attitude, you are not only allowing your children to engage in overeating, you will also be giving them dessert which will add to intake even if it is healthy. It is better to let your children have only smaller amounts of food they can finish, and they can even have more if they empty their plates and then are still hungry. After a while, you can serve them a small amount of dessert. This way, your children can enjoy both their meal and their dessert without having to over-eat.

3. Don't eat anything now your meal is soon.

Allowing your kids to have a small snack when they are hungry can be a good idea. Obviously this depends on the time scale, but sensible amounts may cut down on the possibility of them being ravenous when there meal arrive, which may cause them to bolt down their meal and have indigestion. Also the production of stomach acid, produced on by the thought of having food and then not having any, can also have a damaging effect on the stomach lining causing pains and discomfort. The total amount of calorie intake can also be adjusted in the meal or dessert. Another point to remember is small meals more often will boost metabolism.

Yes, when we were kids, we can remember our parents saying some, if not all of these things to us. That's why we tell these things to our children too. But these are unhealthy tips, and they will not promote healthy eating habits in your children. As parents of today, let us break the cycle. Although promoting healthy eating habits in your children can be quite challenging, it can be achieved. Your children need to be guided properly and they need to be encouraged to eat and live healthier.

Respect your children to know how much they want to eat. Like adults they are not so hungry every day. Their appetite will vary daily just like yours, maybe depending on whether they have had some exercise or not.

Start right or gradually return to a better more varied and balanced diet. Don't encourage them to eat unhealthy snacks. Give them nuts and fruit. Restrict the sugary food you give them, as it is likely that they will always prefer sweet foods to savoury if you encourage it, and these are definitely not healthy.

There is some evidence that more children are becoming obese at a much earlier age these days and the effects of this on their health in later life can be disastrous and inevitable. This is a serious statement and we should all do our best to encourage them to eat the right type and quantity of food so they can live long happy lives.

Jane Starr is a psychology graduate, who is a passionate writer and an aspiring entrepreneur. Jane is now writing articles for a website solely devoted to bringing a comprehensive range of natural health advice to everyone. To find out more about the importance of healthy eating visit our website at Natural Health 4 Life.

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